Young Carers Community of Interest
September 2014


Good news

VoiCeS Northumberland are delighted to announce that we have received continuation funding from Northumberland County Council to extend our young carers work in the county.  Among other things this will mean that we will be able to continue to publish the Young Carers Community of Interest e update.  We are grateful to those of you who have shared your feedback about how helpful you have found this e update in keeping you informed and up to date with latest research, information and initiatives both locally and nationally.  Your feedback is always welcome please contact Jennifer at

First Steps – young carers report

We are delighted to say that our first report championing the voice of young carers in Northumberland will be available soon.  It is currently with the young carers who contributed to the report through our focus groups for their thoughts and comments.  If you are interested in receiving a copy of First Steps please get in touch with Jennifer on or 01665 713109 and we will send the report to you as soon as it is published.

Children and Young  People’s Advocacy Service

Action for Children run a service who will help young carers in need of support, by speaking up for them and promoting their rights. 

They can help young carers by:

  • Providing them with an advocate – someone who will provide information and help you understand choices that are available to you.  They will make sure that people who make decisions about young carers lives listen to their views.
  • Encourage young carers to say something if something or someone is making them unhappy or if they want to complain about a service, and say what you do and don’t want to happen.
  • Help young carers express what they are thinking or feeling if they find this difficult to do on their own.
An advocate can:
  • Listen to a young carer about any issues or concerns they may have
  • Help young carers to understand their rights
  • Take up issues on behalf of young carers and attend reviews or meetings if the young carer wants them too
  • Help a young carer to make a complaint if necessary
  • Help a young carer to write a letter or write it on their behalf
Young people can contact the service directly or a referral can be made on their behalf by contacting Angela Tait at Action for Children Children and Young Peoples Advocacy Service  or 0191 2781350.


Know Your Rights, Young Carers in Focus

The pack has been produced by Young Carers in Focus as part of a four-year programme giving young carers a chance to communicate, share their stories and advocate for the things that matter most to them. 


New resource: Mummy is Poorly by Zoe Robinson

Mummy is poorly is a children’s story about a little girl whose mother has mental health difficulties.  It is written with the aim of reassuring very young carers whose parent has mental health difficulties.

This book is published by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and can be downloaded here or 0191 223 2545.


Young Carers Awareness Day Friday 13th June - What did you do to mark the day? 

We would love to hear your feedback about any events or awareness raising you did on Young Carers Awareness Day.  Please mail Caroline on with your feedback.


Young Carers Opportunity Fund – register young carers interest.

Young carers can apply for a grant of up to £150 once a year, to get a break from their caring responsibilities. The fund can be spent on anything from school trips to days out.

Applications have to be in the young person’s name but could be completed with the help of someone else. There are questions around the care the young person provides and the time they have to themselves. The total amount of the award is based on the points given to answers on the form.  Young people can apply once in a 12 month period.

Currently the fund is not taking applications but if you are interested in applying in the future you can contact Anne-Marie to register your interest.  Call Carers Northumberland on 01670 320025 or email


Young Carers Interactive Map

The Children's Society has published an interactive map of the population of young carers (aged 15 or younger), broken down by council area.

The map shows the locations of the 166,363 children across England that provide unpaid care for parents, siblings and family members.

To view the map visit here.


 Through health and high water: a young carer’s perspective
There are 166,363 young carers in England, 9% of which care for 50 hours a week or more.  Some school nursing services use the summer holiday to focus on specific young people who may need support outside of school, including young carers. For an insight into the experience of young carers and the important contribution school nurses can make, read Sophie’s story on the Public Health Matters blog here.


Free Advice sessions for Carers

Carers Northumberland has organised free advice sessions for carers across the Northumberland including young carers and their families, where carers can seek face-to-face support from advice organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), DAWN and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) & Legal Advice from local charity Legacare.

You can speak to a specialist advisor about things such as:
  • Carers Allowance, Pension Credits or Power of Attorney
  • Debt problems, fuel poverty or paying for care and many more..
When are the events?
The sessions will be held on:
  • Tuesday 16th September - At Spetchells Centre, Prudhoe
  • Wednesday 8th October - At The Buffalo Centre, Blyth
  • Friday 7th November - At The Malting's Berwick-upon-Tweed

Individual appointments will be available between 10am-2pm, as well as open opportunities to speak with the specialists.
A limited amount of funding is available for transport to these events. Please contact us if this is something you need help with this.

For a full list of organisations attending and a copy of the booking form can be downloaded here.

Booking forms should be returned  to Freepost RSRZ-TCYT-CBBU Carers Northumberland, Suite 17, Wansbeck Business Centre, Rotary Parkway, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 8QZ .

Alternatively you can book via email or by telephone on 01670 320025.

Young Carers Directory – coming soon

The new young carers directory launched very soon.  If you haven’t already completed a young carers information form and you would like your information included please contact us at VoiCeS Northumberland

Share your news .....

We would be very happy to receive information from any individual or organisation in the young carers community of interest with regard to events, activities or initiatives for the benefit of young carers in Northumberland.  We will do our best to share this information either in the next community of interest or as an ad hoc e mail to the group.

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